Clear Creek Canyon Park
CLOSED: The dirt parking lot at the Gateway of Clear Creek Canyon Park off U.S. Hwy 6, near the intersection of Hwy 58, and Hwy 93, as well as the parking lot east of Tunnel 1 and the Oxbow area, will be closed until spring 2021 (weather dependent) for construction of the next segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail. For more information please visit our Peaks to Plains project page
As part of the improvements to the Gateway Segment of Clear Creek Canyon Park, Jeffco Open Space (JCOS) is partnering with the City of Golden to pave a 1,980-foot section of trail. The remaining 2,200 feet of trail beyond the pedestrian bridge will remain the same soft surface trail. Jeffco Open Space has offered to pay and pave the 1,980ft. of trail on Golden property as part of our Clear Creek Canyon Park – Gateway Segment project that is currently near completion (see map and rendering of finished section above). Because this portion of trail is on City of Golden property, the County did not seek public input.
The City of Golden involved their Parks, Recreation, and Museums Board and decided to move forward with the project based on the connectivity and accessibility advantages and that this project will need to be completed at some point in the future to provide accessible connectivity to the community.
These improvements will be consistent and continuous surface for the 65-mile-long P2P Trail as well as create an accessible and wheel friendly surface. The concrete surface will endure the increased use that will occur as more segments of the P2P Trail are completed. This durable, year-round surface will help address seasonal flooding and muddy conditions, as well as help stabilize the City of Golden main water line below the trail surface.
Clear Creek Canyon Park offers unique recreation experiences among its steep canyon walls and fast flowing creek. With the opening of a segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail, bicycles are allowed in the canyon for the first time. Use caution when accessing the creek and engaging in high-risk activities such as rock climbing, kayaking and rafting. Anglers must carry a valid Colorado fishing license with habitat stamp. Gold prospectors must adhere to Open Space Regulations.
Clear Creek Trail*
Mayhem Gulch Trailhead
32447 US Highway 6
Golden, CO 80403
Clear Creek Canyon Cannonball Flats Access
33708 US Highway 6
Golden, CO 80403
Clear Creek Canyon Big Easy Trailhead
32088 US Highway 6
Golden, CO 80403
Peaks to Plains Trail*
Prospecting is prohibited in some areas at the Big Easy Trailhead. See posted signs.
- Digging into or destruction of stable shoreline, banks or existing vegetation is not permitted
- All prospecting holes must be filled in before leaving site
- Dredges and equipment may not be left overnight
- No prospecting within 100 feet of structures including bridges, steps and
fish habitat improvements
- Only dredges with a nozzle diameter of four inches or fewer are permitted
- No dripping or leaking of fuel or oil allowed
- REOPEN: Seasonal closures for wildlife protection lifted on Sunday, 8/1
- NOTICE: Concrete replacement work happening at Big Easy TH @ Clear Creek Canyon Park 8/2 - 8/6
- CLOSED: Lair o' the Bear Park Closed 8/2 and limited parking 8/3 & 8/4 due to maintenance
- REMINDER: Some JCOS Parks have designated-use trails or alternating use days
- CLOSED: Parking lots at the mouth of Clear Creek Canyon Park and Tunnel 1 closed for construction